ORGANIC ROSE PROGRAM
Roses should only be grown organically since they are one of the best medicinal and culinary herbs in the world. Whenthey are loaded with toxic pesticides and other chemicals, that use is gone, or at least it should be. Drinking rose hip teaor using rose petals in teas or salads after spraying the plants with synthetic poisons is a really bad idea. For best resultswith roses, here's the program:
SELECTION: Buy and plant adapted roses such as antiques, David Austins and well-proven hybrids. The old roseswill have the largest and most Vitamin C filled hips. R. roses have the most vitamin C.
PLANTING: Prepare beds by mixing the following into existing soil to form a raised bed: 6" compost, ½"-1" lavasand, 20 lbs. of alfalfa meal, 20 lbs. cottonseed meal, 1,00 lbs. of Wheat bran/Cornmeal Soil Amendment, 20 lbs. of sul-po-mag, per 1,000 sq. ft. Soak the bare roots or rootball in water with 1 tablespoon of seaweed per gallon. Settlesoil around plants with water - no tamping.
MULCHING: After planting, cover all the soil in the beds with one inch of compost or earthworm castings followedby 2-3" of shredded native cedar. Do not pile the mulch up on the stems of the roses.
WATERING: If possible, save and use rainwater. If not, add 1 tablespoon of natural apple cider vinegar per gallonof water. If all that fails, just use tap water but don't over water. Avoid salty well water.
Round #1 February 1-15 - organic fertilizer @ 20 lbs./1,000 sq. ft. (i.e. Garden-Ville, GreenSense, Maestro-Gro,Bioform Dry, Sustane or natural meals), lava sand at 80 lbs./1,000 sq. ft., and horticultural cornmeal at 10lbs./1,000 sq. ft.
Round #2 June 1-15 - organic fertilizer @ 20 lbs./1,000 sq. ft., Texas greensand @ 40 lbs./1,000 sq. ft. or softrock phosphate at 30 lbs./1,000 sq. ft. if in acid soil areas.
Round #3 September 15-30 - organic fertilizer @ 20 lbs./1,000 sq. ft., sul-po-mag @ 20 lbs./1,000 sq. ft. In sandyacid soils use soft rock phosphate instead at 30 lbs./1,000 sq. ft.
Foliar Feed with Garrett Juice twice monthly
PEST CONTROL PROGRAM - Add the following to Garrett Juice and spray as needed
Garlic tea ¼ cup/gallon or label directions for minor insect or disease infestations.
Citrus oil, orange oil, or d-limonene 1 ounce/gallon of water as a spray, 2 ounces/gallon of water as a drench.
Potassium bicarbonate 1 rounded tablespoon/gallon for minor diseases.
Liquid biostimulants Use per label - Agrispon, AgriGro, Medina, Bio-Innoculant or similar product.
Neem Use per label directions for more serious insect and disease infestations.
Fish emulsion 2 ounces/gallon for additional nutrients (may not be needed when using compost tea)
1st spraying at pink bud in the spring. 1st two sprayings should include Garrett Juice and garlic tea.
Additional sprayings as necessary. For best results spray every two weeks, but at least once a month. When soil ishealthy, nothing but Garrett Juice is needed in the spray.
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